Highlights: Finland is looking for global talent
- Finland has positioned itself as a center of opportunities for students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and foreign workers.
- The country aims to attract 15,000 foreign students a year by 2030, and to expand more work based migration to 30,000 annually.
- Finland is especially looking for expertise in fields like ICT, digitalization, cleantech, and the social and health sectors.
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Finland seeks to draw in workforce
Finland has positioned itself as a center of opportunities for students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and foreign workers, and by 2030, Finland wants to attract 15,000 foreign students a year and to expand more work based migrants to 30,000 annually.
Finland is especially looking for expertise in fields like ICT, digitalization, cleantech, and the social and health sectors.
Laura Lindeman, Senior Director, Head of Work in Finland at Business Finland, discussed on initiatives like “Talent Boost” and “Work in Finland” that are assisting the inflow of experienced and tech-savvy individuals, in an interview with TOI.
Finland is dedicated to promoting global connectivity, sees global talent as a valuable asset in building ties with other countries and seeks to draw in a diverse workforce in order to promote internationalization, innovation, and business expansion.
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Finland wants to attract Indian talent, and accelerate growth
Since 2019, India has been Finland’s main focus countries and a top target nation drawing the greatest amount of talent and wants to intensify the partnership as India has a growing young population that is expanding and a wealth of talent.
Employers are aware of Indian potential as the majority of international workers coming to Finland from outside the EU/ETA region are Indian, and it has been observed that Indian immigrants settle in fast and become extremely successful. Finland has had great success working with Indian professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, and students.
The government actively assists new businesses by providing resources, and stability. The thriving start up environment is enhanced by a variety of funding sources, initiatives such as the Finnish Start-up Permit, and accelerators, incubators, and venture capital firms.
Working within the larger ‘Talent Boost’ program, the ‘Work in Finland’ initiative serves a central platform (workinfinland.com) with information on living, job searches, and other factors of moving to Finland. Lindeman highlighted on how the platform helps companies hire people from abroad by offering advice, coaching, funding, and mentorship.
The Finnish government maintains a strict immigration policy, guarantees equal work rights for foreign workers, and recognizes the significance of work-based migrations. In general, Finland is welcoming global talent as a driver of its growth and prosperity.
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